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Global Career Seminar

Program Period

Pre-lecture Period (Online Individual Lecture Series): November 2021 - January 2022
Intensive Lecture Period (Online Group Work Series): 20-25 February 2022

This program is being held online/remotely and not in person in Winter 2022.

The Cross-Cultural College (CCC) is a collaborative education project between Japan and Canada. In this project, Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan and 4 Canadian universities ― Mount Allison University, Queen’s University, the University of Toronto and Kings' College, Western― will work together to educate world citizens with the multicultural understanding and communication skills to enable them to be the leaders of the future.

The seminar will organize students screened and selected from Kwansei Gakuin University (KGU) and its four partner universities into groups. The students will then be given specific business problems, offered by representatives from corporations, which they will be expected to analyze and propose solutions for. During the fall semester recorded online pre-seminar sessions will be provided for preparation, and on commencement of the seminar at University of Toronto, further lectures, discussions with peer students as well as the company representatives, and preparation for group presentations will take place. The final presentations will be made to the representatives of the companies and organizations that proposed the problems. Further details can be found in the syllabus below.

Companies/organizations involved in previous years:

Air Canada LogoEY logoJapan Foundation logoKubota logoAsia Pacific Foundation of Canada logoManulife logoToyota logoUniqlo logoVenture for Canada logo

Learning Sessions

Pre-Seminar Sessions Online

12 Pre-lectures (synchronous, asynchronous, and on-demand).

During this period of the program you will be introduced to the course and to the companies, be placed into groups and start team building, and compete individual research and assignments.

Applicants must attend all the Pre-Seminar Sessions and submit the assignments as stated in the course syllabus.

Joint Sessions (held online)

Sunday, February 20, 2022 - Friday, February 25, 2022 in Ontario - start date may differ depending on what time zone you are in (during Reading Week!). During this intensive period of the program you will conduct a SWOT and look at the business model for you assigned company. You will work in groups along with some tutorials, culminating in a final presentation attended by company and university representatives.

Synchronous sessions will typically be held 6:00pm - 9:00pm Ontario time.

Global Career Seminar Course Syllabus 2022

Tuition and Fees


The Global Career Seminar is a 3.0 credit course at KGU and is considered equivalent to a 3.0 unit course at Queen's University.

Queen’s University students will pay standard tuition fees to Queen’s for the Global Career Seminar, in accordance with fees that are posted on the Office of the University Registrar website for the relevant term and year. Students are assessed tuition according to their home faculty/school and student status. Please visit the Office of the University Registrar website for details. Students may decide to drop one of their 3.0 unit Winter term courses in order to count the Global Career Seminar course as one of their Winter term courses.


There are no program fees for the online program.

Credit Transfer

Credits are awarded by KGU and Queen's students can arrange to have the credits transferred to their Queen's degree program by applying for an International Letter of Permission (ILOP) through the International Programs Office.

The Global Career Seminar has been pre-approved for transfer as either

  • COMM 2UNS/3.0 or
  • LLCU 2UNS/3.0

Please note that a maximum of 6.0 units from courses offered by other Faculties and Schools may be counted towards the Program and/or Plan requirements of any degree or certificate in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Some exceptions exist. Students are encouraged to consult with their department and/or an academic advisor in the Faculty of Arts and Science.

If you are not in the Faculty of Arts and Science please contact your international office or student services office to inquire about an International Letter of Permission.

Number of Places

25 Canadian students will participate in the program. The number of places for each university are as follows:

  • 5 from Mount Allison University
  • 9 from Queen’s University
  • 9 from University of Toronto
  • 2 from Kings' College, Western
Applicants must:
  • be an undergraduate
  • have completed two semesters of study (30.0 units) as of the end of January following the application period
  • be in good standing (i.e. not on academic probation)
  • ideally have a minimum 2.6GPA (this is not a hard requirement - please contact if you do not meet this GPA but are still interested)
  • attend all the Pre-Seminar Sessions stated in the course syllabus
  • Knowledge of Japanese is not required to participate in this program, but may be considered an asset
  • Students from all academic backgrounds are welcome to apply, including those in Commerce and Arts and Science Online Degree programs

If you have any questions about your eligibility we encourage you to contact us before applying at


Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

The application for Winter 2022 is now open: Apply now!

Deadline: 6 October 2021, noon

When you are applying online you must also upload and submit the following documents:

*Although participants do not travel to Japan, KGU CCC office requires students’ passport copy for the course registration.

Successful candidates will be contacted by the IPO with an offer. Do not accept your offer unless you are committed to taking part in this program. Once you have accepted this offer your name will be communicated to KGU who will issue you the official acceptance into the program. Withdrawal after official acceptance is not accepted without exceptional reasons and authorization from the Chief Academic Director at CCC Headquarters. If you withdraw you will be issued with a transcript from KGU indicating a Fail ("F").